Hummus is one of my favorite refrigerator staples, it makes a crowd-pleasing party dip, a healthy snack for kids or even an alternative to mundane sandwich spreads. You can find it packaged at the grocery store in a variety of styles—with toasted pinenuts, roasted red peppers or even with jalapeños. But why not make it yourself and have it just the way you like? It takes 5 minutes and the end product is as chunky, healthy, spicy or garlicky as you want.Feel free to play around with this recipe—hummus almost always turns out delicious!
1 garlic clove, peeled
1 can chick-peas, (15.5oz.), rinsed and drained
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon well-stirred tahini (sesame seed paste)
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons water
Add garlic, chickpeas and a pinch of salt to food processor. Process thoroughly. Add tahini, lemon juice, olive oil and water and process until smooth, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately or refrigerate in a tightly sealed container for up to a week. Garnish with a few reserved chickpeas, a sprinkling of paprika, some fresh herbs or a drizzle of good olive oil as you see fit.